Professor Allen Cheng


  • Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Antimicrobial drug policy

Allen works as an infectious diseases physician. His key interests are in influenza, antibiotic resistance and hospital-acquired infections.

He is involved in influenza surveillance in Australian hospitals as well as clinical trials in infectious diseases and infection prevention.

He is Professor/Director of Monash Infectious Diseases at Monash Health and the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University. He has a PhD (Flinders University), a Master of Public Health (Monash University) and a Master of Biostatistics (University of Queensland).

Prof Cheng is a past President of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID). He has been a member of expert writing groups for several national guidelines, including Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic and Australian Infection Control Guidelines for NHMRC. He was Chair of the Advisory Committee for Vaccines and previously Co-Chair of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was Acting Victorian Chief Health Officer.


  • Infection prevention and control.
  • Antibiotic pharmacokinetics.
  • Antimicrobial drug policy.
  • Antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Antiseptic effectiveness in hospital environments.
  • Antimicrobial allergy.
  • Healthcare associated and hospital-acquired infections.


  • Reducing AMR infection and spread in clinical and healthcare settings through improved drug policy, antimicrobial stewardship and clinical practice.